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Terror attacks take 50 lives in Southern Iraq, many more wounded

15 September 2017

Militants have killed at least 50 people in twin gun and auto bomb attacks in Iraq.

The survivors are being treated at the al-Batha and Nasiriyah hospitals, but due to the nature of some of the injuries the death toll is expected to rise, according to the city's Health Directorate Jasim al-Khalidi.

The attack, deadliest occurred at a restaurant in south-west of Nassiryya. "One attacker blew up his suicide vest inside the crowded restaurant while a group of other gunmen started to throw grenades and fire at diners", said police colonel Ali Abdul Hussain. The attackers are n mounted in a vehicle and blew mselves up at a checkpoint.

The area targeted is used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north, although Dhiqar has previously been spared the worst of the violence.

Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which have fought alongside the army and police against the terror groups. ISIS claimed the twin attacks through its propaganda agency Amaq.

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Both attacks happened on September 14 near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq's Dhi Qar province.

Security sources said forces were placed on alert in most of the southern provinces, including the oil city of Basra, in case of similar attacks.

These attacks show once again resilience of islamic State. Iraqi forces are preparing to launch assault.

Terror attacks take 50 lives in Southern Iraq, many more wounded